Thunderstorms are part of summer around Indianapolis. Although weather services can predict the arrival of the storms sometimes their intensity can fool even the best meteorologists. A severe thunderstorm can quickly turn into a cyclone or tornado. This is why you and your family need to prepare for all types of thunderstorm scenarios. Here’s what you should keep in mind:
Make A Disaster Plan With Your Family
It is important that your family knows what they should do during a thunderstorm. That begins with seeking a safe place in your house to gather. Ideally, a basement without any windows would be the safest spot in your home. Without a basement, you can gather in a central spot in your house that is also away from windows. The idea is that once you’re in that spot you need to stay put until the storm blows over. That means anything you need such as blankets, water, snacks, games, books or flashlights should be brought to that safe spot.
Also, keep a watch over pets. It might help to put them in their carriers for the duration of the storm so that you aren’t chasing them throughout the house or yard.
Keep Trees Trimmed
Long before any storm rolls in you should have your trees trimmed. You should cut away any dead or rotting branches as soon as you notice them. If there are any dead trees in your yard, then they should be removed immediately. Although trees can provide shade for the home, they shouldn’t loom over the home. The same can be said for any power lines. You need to keep the trees contained.
Stowaway Outdoor Items
As a severe storm approaches, you need to put away things that aren’t properly secured in your backyard. This includes patio furniture, barbecue grills, flowerpots, birdbaths and anything else that might be tossed up in the storm. If you can move everything into a garage, then that would be ideal. Obviously, it would help if there were space in the garage.
Unplug Electrical Equipment
Lightning from thunderstorms can cause power surges. These could wreak havoc for your computer, television and Blu-ray player. You should unplug all your electronics as the storm approaches. Short of that, a surge protector can offer a layer of insulation against power surges.
Clean Up Storm Debris
After the storm has rolled through you could be left with a lot of storm debris in your yard. City workers will no doubt be swamped with work. That means the responsibility for your storm debris cleanup falls in your own shoulders. But this isn’t work that you have to do by yourself. Junk King Indianapolis will be standing by to provide a rapid response for any storm debris cleanup. These are also the professional junk haulers to call on to get rid of that garage clutter so you have storage room. Junk King Indianapolis can help you get ready before thunderstorms and clean up after a thunderstorm.